Zack Davies – Commonwealth Games preview

Zack Davies – Commonwealth Games preview

Name: Zack Davies. Weight: Light-welterweight (64KG). Club: Penyrheol. Prediction: Quarter-finals. Zack Davies of Penyrheol Boxing Club had one of the toughest routes to a Welsh Senior Championships win in 2014 but in doing so, and surviving to take the red vest at the end of it all, the 22-year-old has shown that he has the nuts and guts to go to war when he needs to. That time may come at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games. The light-welterweight benefitted from a controversial decision when he fended off fierce rival Lance Cooksey of Pontypool in the quarter-finals, before going to the wire with Trelewis’ extra-gutsy Gavin Gwynne in a Fight of the Year contender, before handling North Wales’ tricky Len Evans in the final at the Cardiff City House of Sport. The Welshman could have done with a few easier contests to ease his way back to a routine before the Commonwealth Games but he had nothing of the sort, facing Kazakhstan star Aidar Amirzakov shortly after becoming national champion again. Despite suffering defeat via a Split Decision in Finland’s Gee Bee tournament, Davies once again displayed his willingness to leave it all in the ring and it’s an admirable quality that separates winners from losers. To Davies’ advantage, he has a wealth of experience at international tournaments, dating back to 2010’s Youth Olympics and  he’ll need to call on that to reach his potential. The West Wales native owns a booming left hook, it helped him knock-out Canadian champion David Gauthier in May but he has the tendency to rely on it and he can be out-boxed, so he needs to be aware of his vulnerabilities to progress.

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